McGovern Centennial Gardens
The existing 15-acre Garden Center site will be reborn as the McGovern Centennial Gardens in celebration of the Park’s milestone birthday. It will delight visitors with traditional features like the rose garden, and new areas to explore, such as an interactive family garden and a sculpture promenade featuring public art donated by countries around the world. Following national searches, a renowned design team has been assembled by Hermann Park Conservancy. Hoerr Schaudt, the Chicago landscape architecture firm, is collaborating with White Oak Studio in Houston on the gardens’ design, with Dr. William C. Welch of Texas A&M University consulting. A new entry pavilion, the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, will be designed by architect Peter Bohlin of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.
Gardens have long been an important element in Hermann Park. These intimate spaces can be a gathering spot for the community, a place for children to learn and connect with nature, and a setting to showcase the beauty and culture of an international city.
The McGovern Centennial Gardens will transform the current site to capture its potential as a community resource. Relocated parking areas will open up the space, increase accessibility, ease traffic flow, and preserve the number of parking spaces. New pedestrian and vehicular entrances from Hermann Drive will enhance access from neighboring residential areas and cultural institutions, including the Children’s Museum, the Health Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Hermann Park Conservancy broke ground on this exciting project on Wednesday, September 18. Read the press release by clicking here.
For updates as construction progresses on the new Gardens, follow the Hermann Park Conservancy blog, Bloom News, by clicking here.
The Gardens will open on Saturday, October 18 with a free celebration open to all. Read more here.
To donate to the Gardens, click here.
Site Plan (click for a larger view)
Bird's Eye View (click for a larger view)
Entrance Promenade (click for a larger view)
Entry Perspective of Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion from Parking Area (click for a larger view)
Grand Entry of the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion looking to the Garden Mount (click for a larger view)
View of Pavilion trellis and contemplative garden from inside the McGovern Centennial Gardens (click for a larger view)
View of Garden Mount from the contemplative garden
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Meeting room inside the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion
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Perennial Walk (click for a larger view)
Lawn (View from the Mount) (click for a larger view)
Rose Garden (click for a larger view)
Arid Garden (click for a larger view)
All garden renderings above provided courtesy of Hoerr Schaudt and White Oak Studio. All building renderings above provided courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.
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